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Tim Tebow is an overblown phenomenon, drowning out the buzz for more talented QBs

Updated: December 6, 2011, 7:10 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in ESPN The Magazine's Dec. 12, 2011, "Interview Issue."

THE DREAM OF AMERICA -- a meritocracy -- is the basic draw of sports: your best against mine, the scoreboard oblivious to pedigree, race, class or gender. The promise of pure competition is perhaps the biggest reason we watch.

Except that it's a lie. Merit remains what it has always been: a myth. Pedigree, race, class, gender, politics or something as simple as good looks might not determine ...

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